Beddington Park talks and other events at Honeywood Museum




I’m pleased to send you the Beddington Park What’s On guide for

February which can be viewed here:

What’s On February 2017
The design team for the HLF project are busy pulling together

final drawings and specifications to procure the relevant contractors

to deliver this exciting project. There’s information available on site

and on the Council website and the next newsletter edition is coming soon.

For now, there’s plenty going on including talks, an exhibition and half term

activities. See a snap shot of what’s on offer below, but don’t forget to

view the full listings, above!

Best wishes,


Sarah Price
Project Support and Volunteer Coordinator,
Beddington Park HLF Project

Exhibition at Honeywood Museum
Beginning this Saturday you can view our exhibition on Beddington Park;

Then, now and next. Learn about the park’s history, discover more about

the project plans and view the winning photographs from last year’s

photography competition.

The exhibition runs for most of February, including half-term when there

are two opportunities to drop in and ask me questions about the project.

See the What’s On guide for more info.

Admission is Free.


Don’t miss these two great talks on the park’s history, delivered by Sutton Heritage Service as part of our exhibition.

Tickets are just £3.50 and can be booked by calling Honeywood Museum, where these talks will be held.

8th and 15th Feb, 7.30pm.
Call 020 8770 4297 to book.

Scavenger Hunt

Get hands on with nature this half-term on this self-led family fun
scavenger hunt. Pick up your pack from ‘scavenger HQ’ by the Pavilion any time between 10am and 1pm and begin hunting!

Tuesday 14th Feb, 10am – 1pm, free


St. Mary’s church are introducing regular “quiet” events offering relaxation and mindfulness activities plus a labyrinth. Their introductory event runs on the 11th March, 11am – 3pm, with subsequent sessions on the third Thursday of the month from April. A great, inclusive opportunity to escape the hectic regime of daily life and retreat to a calming environment.


Frost Fair, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton 3rd December and Yule Fest, Banstead Road 2nd December Road closures

News just in regarding road closures in the run up to Christmas 2017….
HONEYWOODDear Councillors
A very Good Day to you. I trust that you are all well.
I would like to bring to your attention a couple of Christmas events that will have some effect on roads in your respective Wards.
Yulefest on Friday 2nd December. (15:30 – 21:00).
Banstead Road from the viaduct to Willis Avenue is going to be closed, along with the Banstead Road ends of Downside and Waverley.
Barrow Hedges, Hill and Willis will be one way to assist traffic flows.
Parking will be suspended by the shops.
Carshalton Frost Fair, Saturday 3 December (08:00 – 20:00)
Honeywood will be closed to all traffic and parking suspended.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kindest Regards
Martin French
London Borough of Sutton and Royal Borough of Kingston
Streetworks and Network Manager
24, Denmark Road
Surrey SM5 2JG
020 8770 6426 (General Streetworks enquiries only)
07736 338346

Sutton prepares to remember


Sutton residents are being invited to commemorate Remembrance Day in the borough.

Sutton Council’s official Civic Act of Remembrance for Armistice Day marking the end of the First World War will take place in Trinity Square on Sutton High Street on Friday 11 November. The ceremony will begin at 10.30am with the Mayor of Sutton Cllr Richard Clifton, the Mayoress and the Deputy Mayors, Cllr Steve Cook and Cllr Nali Patel, in attendance. Members of the public are invited to attend and join in the observance of the two-minute silence starting at 11am.

The council’s Civic Offices will also be marking the two-minute silence. All staff and visitors to the building off the High Street will be advised when it starts and ends so they can observe it with respect.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“Armistice Day is a chance for us to pause and remember all of those who made sacrifices serving their country. A century ago young men and women of this borough were prepared to give up their lives for freedom and we must never forget their courage. I invite everyone who can to join us on Friday and honour the sacrifice made by these brave servicemen and women on our behalf.”

The Day of Remembrance is held nationally each year on the nearest Sunday to 11 November. The year Remembrance Day Services will be held throughout the borough on Sunday 13 November, with the main Civic Service being held at Holy Trinity Church, Maldon Road, Wallington. The service to remember those who gave their lives for us in serving our country starts at 10.30pm, with the Mayor and Mayoress both in attendance, as will members of the Royal British Legion and the Boys Brigade.

There will also be a service of remembrance by the War Memorial in Manor Park. The 10.30am service to formally pay tribute to all those who have given their lives in the service of this country will be conducted by the Rev. Justine Middlemiss, Rector of St Nicholas Church in Sutton.

Members of the Royal British Legion, the Scouts, Guides, Beavers, Sutton Police Cadets and the Boys Brigade will be present, and Sutton Music Service is sending a young trumpeter to play ‘The Last Post’.

Wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial by the Manor Park Friends Group, Sutton Local Committee and the Sutton & Cheam Rotary Club.

At Trinity Church in Cheam Road, Sutton the Remembrance Day service starts at 10.30am and is led by the Rev Dr David Dickinson. The preacher will be the Rev Dr William Beaver, Chaplain to the Light Cavalry, Honourable Artillery Company in the City of London.

Open House as Sutton heritage buildings open their doors to public


There are lots of interesting buildings that will be open to the public Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September.

Sutton residents will have the chance to explore some of the borough’s more unusual buildings during Open House London 2016.

The annual event, which takes place on the weekend of 17 and 18 September, will see the doors of heritage buildings in London opened to the public so that they can learn more about their fascinating histories.

Several Sutton Council-owned properties will be taking part in Open House London 2016. These include Carshalton’s Honeywood Museum, Russettings Register Office in central Sutton, and the state-of-the-art Sutton Life Centre on Alcorn Close, off Oldfields Road.

In addition, a number of privatelyowned properties around the borough, including Carshalton House at St Philomena’s School, Sutton Police Station, and the pioneering bedZED eco-village in Hackbridge, will also be open for the public to enjoy.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“The Open House events are a really important way to connect residents with the histories of their local areas. It’s a great chance to explore some buildings that aren’t usually open to the public, and learn more about them and the roles they have played in their communities. We’re really excited that Carshalton House and Sutton Police Station will be taking part in this year’s Open House London events. I encourage everyone to get out and visit at least one of the Open House venues – you won’t regret it.”

A full list of properties that will be open for the public to enjoy in the borough can be found on the Sutton Council website here. You can also find out what’s going on across the capital on the Open House London website here.

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme Commemoration 1st July 2016

Union JackThere is a lot happening in Sutton to mark the centenary of the First World War. Sutton Council’s World War One Steering Group meet regularly to decide ways the borough should remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice all those years ago.

July 1 2016 marks the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. July 1 1916 was the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army – on the first day of the Somme Offensive alone the British Army suffered over 60,000 casualties.

Groups from across the borough are combining to deliver a unique act of remembrance for those that died in the Somme Offensive. In the days running up to Friday July 1 2016 and on the day itself a range of commemoration events will acknowledge the sacrifice of those from across the borough and nationwide who died or were injured.

At 8pm on Friday 1 July 2016 an act of remembrance organised by Carshalton and Wallington Royal British Legion will take place at Carshalton War Memorial. The event begins at 8pm and is open to ex-service personnel and the public. During this event the church bells at All Saints, Carshalton, will ring half muffled and these will be joined by bells from St Dunstan’s Cheam which will also ring half muffled in honour of fallen and stricken soldiers. The bells of All Saints, Benhilton, will already have signalled this event by earlier in the week ringing their own tribute.

The event is open to the ex-service personnel and the public. The Mayor and other local dignitaries and members of the Royal British Legion will pay tribute with a short act of remembrance at 8pm. During this event the church bells at All Saints, Carshalton, will ring half muffled and these will be joined by bells from St Dunstan’s Cheam which will also ring half muffled in honour of the fallen and stricken soldiers.

The bells of All Saints, Benhilton, will signal the commemoration by ringing their own tribute. As darkness descends attention will turn to the facia of St. Helier Hospital where the borough’s unique collection of glass plate images of soldiers who left from this area to go to war will be projected. The projection will start at 9.30pm and will run for one hour. Photographer David Knights-Whittome’s shop was at 18 High St, Sutton and the complete Past On Glass collection can be viewed by clicking here.

A special exhibition featuring works by local artists will be on display at Carshalton’s Honeywood Museum from Wednesday 22 June honouring the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the fields of Picardy a century ago. Acid Drop Copse was a wood in the battlefields of the Somme, destroyed by the war and named by the soldiers after the boiled sweet they knew from home. The art collection was inspired by this name and, like the confection, is a complex mixture of bitter and sweet surprises, promising to make for a diverse and thought-provoking exhibition. Sculpture, metal casting, encaustic art, oil painting, print-making, ceramics, floristry, collage, and contemporary jewellery are all represented in this extensive and thought-provoking collection. Learn more about this exhibition on the Honeywood Museum website here.

Sutton creatives recognised at annual Cultural Awards


Jane Howard, curator of the Honeywood Museum in Carshalton, receives a Cultural Award from the Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton.

Sutton residents who have contributed to the cultural life of the borough have been honoured at a special awards ceremony in Carshalton.

The Mayor of Sutton, Muhammad Sadiq, awarded the deserving winners with prizes and gift certificates at the Sutton Cultural Awards 2016 at Honeywood Museum on Wednesday 20 April.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environments & Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“There’s no better place to celebrate the achievements of some of our most talented residents than here at the wonderful Honeywood Museum. Everyone honoured tonight has put in so much effort to make the borough a thriving, dynamic place where artists and creatives can truly express themselves. I heartily congratulate them all – keep up the good work.”

Eight awards were presented at the event. These were:

Andy and Thea Brook, from The Brook
Andy and Thea run The Brook, an independent arts bar, venue and recording studio in Wallington.

Robin Vaughan-Williams and Rachel Sambrooks
For their work during Imagine Festival of the Arts 2015, and ongoing community projects. Rachel runs the popular Words Aloud spoken-word events at Sutton Central Library alongside a number of other exciting projects.

Play of Light Theatre Company
With special thanks to Karin Jashapara for her contribution to the arts in Sutton. Play of Light specialises in innovative shadow puppetry and live music.

Equally Diverse Group
The Equally Diverse Group have shown tremendous skill and given us fantastic performances over the past year, including the excellent Hedgehog Protest during Imagine Festival of the Arts 2015.

Christine Lindsay
Honoured for her continued commitment to the London New Year’s Day Parade float and ongoing contribution to the arts across the borough. Sutton’s entry came a very respectable sixth in 2016’s New Year Day Parade.

Andrew Candy
Owner of the [mine] Gallery in Carshalton, who has helped to redefine the identity of the village and put art on the map in Sutton.

Adrienne Roberts
Recognised for her work during the Imagine Festival of the Arts 2015 and her outstanding ability to provide opportunities to a variety of people, from all backgrounds and of any level.

Jane Howard
For her dedication in going above and beyond to put heritage at the heart of the local community. Jane is the curator of Honeywood Museum.

The Sutton Cultural Awards have been awarded annually by Sutton Council since 2012, when the Cultural Medal programme was established as part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy. Each winner is recognised for their hard work and commitment to opening up culture for all Sutton residents.

Rachel Sambrooks, organiser of the Words Aloud open mic events, said:

“I’m so pleased to have the wonderful event Tea and Cake with John Hegley that Robin and I worked on recognised. From that event during 2015’s Imagine Festival I’ve formed the ‘Words Aloud collective’ of poets who are performing with me at Sutton Libraries in Eve and All Our Grandmothers, as well as running the Words Aloud open mic events at Sutton Central Library. This kind of recognition makes Sutton a very attractive place to be, with a strong, vibrant, creative hub enriching the community.”

Honeywood Museum and Age UK team up to offer activities for older residents

A view of Honeywood Museum from across Carshalton Pond.

A range of events for elderly residents will take place at Honeywood Museum, Carshalton, in association with Age UK Sutton.

Sutton Council’s Honeywood Museum in Carshalton is working with Age UK Sutton to provide a range of activities, events, and a valuable support network for isolated elder residents.

The events are the latest in a range of collaborations between Sutton Council and Age UK, who run a range of social activities and exercise classes for older people throughout the borough in order to reduce loneliness among Sutton’s older residents.

Carshalton Central ward’s Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environments & Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“Providing for our older residents and making sure they have access to the support they need to continue to socialise and keep in touch with friends and family is extremely important for us.These events at the wonderful Honeywood Museum are a great way for vulnerable and isolated residents to enjoy company and activities in a safe, friendly environment.”

It is widely accepted that incorporating expressive arts into programmes for older adults and patients can have a very positive effect on mental and physical well-being. The activities on offer range from embroidery and arts sessions to musical singalongs. Music, in particular, can be a useful tool for those with memory loss to recapture lost memories.

Sing-a-long groups at Honeywood Museum take place on the following dates:

28th June 2016

16th August 2016

18th October 2016

13th December 2016

Marion Harper, CEO of Age UK Sutton, said:

“We’ve already had some fantastic joint events with Honeywood Museum and we’re delighted that Jane Howard, the amazing curator at Honeywood, sees the potential that this collaboration can have for both organisations – and, most importantly, for the older people of the borough.”

To find out about the range of activities, and the dates to book, visit or call 020 8770 6959020 8770 6959 for full details.

Jane Howard, Curator of Honeywood Museum, said:

“Honeywood Museum is a community asset and resource, which should be used and loved by all. It’s a place where people can come, be made to feel welcome, and get support to embrace the arts and have a good time.”

Carshalton Frost Fair 2015

Carshalton Ponds in the Snow
Carshalton Ponds in the Snow 6 years ago…

Carshalton will be welcoming its third annual Frost Fair on Saturday 5th December between 1pm and 6pm. The event is organised by The Friends of Honeywood Museum and local charity EcoLocal with lots of local community support. Please help spread the word about this exciting and atmospheric family event.

The 2015 event will use the same layout as last year to allow for more space between stalls and more twinkly lights.

Eco-Local are looking for a few more volunteers to help with the event on the day. If you would like to help, please contact Tansy on

The start of the event will be signalled by the ringing of All Saints Church bells (feel free to pop into their coffee afternoon 2.30 – 6pm on your way to or from the Frost Fair) and please don’t forget to visit Carshalton’s wonderful High Street shops.

Carshalton’s Frost Fair is a traditional winter event with activities for all of the family set in beautiful grounds next to historic buildings by Carshalton Ponds. Outside Honeywood Museum, along Festival walk and in the nearby Memorial Gardens there will be a varied range of Farmers’ Market and Craft stalls offering tasty supplies and treats and unique wonderful gift ideas.

As it gets darker, the area will be lit with twinkling fairy lights and there will be the smell of hot food & hog roast in the air. There will be choirs, a brass band, clog & morris dancing, live folk and popular music and entertainment of various types with a seasonal feel. There will be a bar and hot drinks.

Inside Honeywood Museum look for traditional story telling with puppets, Punch and Judy shows and a Father Christmas’ Grotto in the magic of the refurbished ‘childhood room’ surrounded by toys from a bygone era.

The Friends of the Ecology Centre are running their Christmas Fair and Winter Wonderland Trail alongside the Frost Fair. This will include hand-crafted gifts, teas, coffees and homemade cake. The Winter Wonderland Trail offers the chance to explore the delights of the award winning Ecology Centre.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Heather on 020 8404 1522020 8404 1522 or email


Protecting our Carshalton heritage

Like you, we value our local heritage and we want to protect it for generations to come. There are several exciting developments and as your local councillors, we thought you’d like an update.

In 2011 the Council started looking at the future use of buildings in Carshalton. We undertook widespread consultation on possible options for the sensitive use and protection of historic heritage buildings all situated within the Carshalton Village Conservation Area, and the parkland in and around Carshalton Ponds and The Grove Park. In total six thousand local residents were contacted by the Council to ask them for views, and six Carshalton Friends groups were also consulted.

This led to a special meeting of the Carshalton Local Committee in September 2011, attended by over seventy local residents. As residents were clear that they wanted such assets to stay in community hands where possible, they voted for progressing the Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (SCVS)proposal for a voluntary sector centre at The Grove House and Ecolocal proposals for use of The Lodge as an ecological centre.

The Lodge.

Ecolocal has submitted final proposals to the Council for a mixed use office/classrooms and residential development at The Lodge, a much loved Victorian building. Ecolocal’s proposals were considered to offer best value and to provide the basis for a sustainable long term use of The Lodge that would provide significant benefits to the community.

The Ecolocal proposal was debated and agreed at a meeting of Full Council on Monday 2nd November at the Civic Offices in Sutton.

The Old Rectory.

The Old Rectory is a Grade 2 Georgian house and is of major historical importance. Carshalton Friends groups have formed a new organisation Carshalton Old Rectory Association (CORA) proposing to convert the building into an Arts Centre with residential flats. This proposal is subject to CORA obtaining funding, and they have been given until March 2016 to find this.

Commitment was given in 2011 that the Council would not sell the Old Rectory, due to its importance locally.


Stonecourt, situated at the corner of Grove Park with Mill Lane and North Street, will be sold for residential use either by freehold or on a long lease by private treaty. This will ensure future control over the use of the building, parking restrictions (The Grove Park is car free) and maintain full public access to the park. This matches residents’ wishes as expressed in 2011.

The Grove House.

Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (SCVS) in partnership with The Volunteer Centre Sutton and the Friends of the Grove, will be applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund in March 2016 for a grant to restore the large 1840s house, set up a trust of local people to manage Grove House, record and celebrate a 200 year story of giving from philanthropy to voluntary action, and to deliver heritage skills training and a heritage volunteer programme.

SCVS have recently consulted local people about their plans. Comments can be sent to Your ward councillors have been reporting back on how these proposals have progressed through Focus leaflets, through Carshalton Local Committee and other meetings. We are pleased to say that theproposals are progressing well.



Honeywood Museum, Carshalton Ponds

The New Honeywood History by local historian John Phillips
The New Honeywood History by local historian John Phillips

The borough’s flagship historic house and museum reopened at the end of May 2012. It has been beautifully refurbished and renovated as a result of an investment of almost £1m which has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund (£635,000), the council (£260,000), and Sutton Arts Council (£15,000).

The Grade II listed building next to Carshalton Ponds dates from the 17th century, but was extended in the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The house has beautifully restored to show how it would have looked when it was a family home. The Edwardian era billiards room, drawing room, bathroom and kitchen will let visitors step into the past and see for themselves how the residents of Honeywood would have lived.

There is a programme of changing interactive exhibitions. This gives visitors more opportunity to see a wider range of museum artifacts and learn about life in Sutton in the past.

There are lots of activities for families and children throughout the year as well as an extensive programme of workshops for schools.

There is a newly refurbished shop, and currently the tea room is open at weekends.

Museum opening hours
Monday and Tuesday: closed
Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 5pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10am – 5pm.

Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, SM5 3NX
Tel: (020) 8770 4297(020) 8770 4297, email: